Ronald Cohen

Ronald C. Cohen

Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Dept of Chemistry
Dept of Earth and Planetary Science
(510) 642-2735
Research Expertise and Interest
physical chemistry, climate, air pollution, atmospheric chemistry, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, ozone, nitrogen oxides, CO2, clouds
Research Description

Cohen's research aims to describe the role of chemical reactions, human activities and ecosystem functions as they affect Earth’s climate and as they relate to unhealthy levels ozone and fine particles. His research combines satellite, in situ and laboratory observations. His research on the chemistry of organic nitrates established that chemistry producing organic nitrates molecules are the main path for removal of atmospheric nitrogen oxides in remote continental locations. His research using satellite measurements of nitrogen oxides has established new methods for achieving accurate interpretation of trends in urban chemistry: In his newest research project, he is building a neighborhood scale long-term observing system for tracking greenhouse gases and air quality: This project was one of three “Climate Data in Action” efforts recognized in the Obama administration’s Climate Data Initiative in summer 2014. 

In the News

November 20, 2017

Six UC Berkeley faculty elected AAAS fellows

Six scientists are among the 396 newest fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”
August 22, 2014

Berkeley air-monitoring project wins White House nod

The White House has given a public nod to a ground-breaking UC Berkeley air-monitoring project and its new collaboration with a Colorado public media platform, which aims to build a citizen-science story-corps to help monitor carbon emissions in the Bay Area.

June 27, 2012

UC Berkeley chemists installing carbon dioxide sensors in Oakland

Using inexpensive detectors that can fit inside a shoebox, UC Berkeley chemists are installing carbon dioxide and other air pollution sensors in 40 sites around Oakland to explore how detailed, neighborhood-by-neighborhood information can help communities monitor greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions.

September 7, 2011

There’s something in the California air

UC scientists built and worked in towers — some as tall as 1,500 feet — as part of the largest single atmospheric research effort in the state. The data they’ve collected will guide policymakers dealing with air pollution.